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7 Best Insect Repellents

We tested the best insect repellents on the market for 2023 and this is how they performed.

We tested the best insect repellents on the market today according to price, weight, packability, and effectiveness. Read on to see how they performed, which is best for you, and receive some valuable buying advice.

Best Insect Repellents

The best insect repellents are:

  • Best Overall Insect Repellent: SAWYER 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent
  • Best Lightweight and Packable Insect Repellent: BEN'S 100 Max Pump Spray
  • Best Natural Insect Repellent: REPEL Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Mosquito Repellent
  • Best Insect Repellent for Clothing & Gear Treatment: SAWYER Permethrin Fabric Treatment

Learn more about each of these repellent options, written by Justin Sprecher here.


October 20, 2023

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